Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the GAIAE higher authority which oversees the implementation of GAIAE goals. The members of the Board of Directors are:

HE Dr Mohammed Matar al Kaabi
HE Dr Mohammed Matar al Kaabi

Chairman of General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments


HE Jamal Salim al Turaifi
HE Jamal Salim al Turaifi

Adviser at the Sharjah Ruler’s Office


HE Mohammed Ateeq al Falahi
HE Mohammed Ateeq al Falahi

Emirates Red Crescent Secretary General


HE Abdullah Salim Saif Qanzool
HE Abdullah Salim Saif Qanzool

Director of Social Affairs Office of Umm Al Quwain


HE Saif Saeed al Zahmi
HE Saif Saeed al Zahmi

Administrative Affairs Manager – the Ruler’s office in Fujairah


HE Mariam Mohammed al Rumaithi
HE Mariam Mohammed al Rumaithi

Director General of Family Development Foundation


HE Sultan Ali Mohammed Abu Laila
HE Sultan Ali Mohammed Abu Laila

Director General of Lands Department in Ras Al Khaimah


Dr Omar Abdul Rahman Salim al Nuaimi
Dr Omar Abdul Rahman Salim al Nuaimi

Advisor at the Demographic Research Centre - Federal Demographic Council/ Director of Humaid Bin Rashid al Nuaimi Centre to serve the holy Quran


Dr Omar Mohammed al Khateeb
Dr Omar Mohammed al Khateeb

Executive Director of Islamic Affairs/ Dubai


Abdul Rahman Hmoud al Jaberi
Abdul Rahman Hmoud al Jaberi

Secretary of the Board of Directors


  • Approve the GAIAE general policy and plans relating to Islamic affairs and Awqaf (religious endowments).
  • Approve the rules and regulations governing Islamic affairs and Awqaf, including Hajj and Umra, and any eventual violations, administrative or financial penalties. A pertinent decree is to be issued later by the UAE Cabinet.
  • Approve any plans or programmes aiming at increasing Awqaf revenues and regulating the process of their collection.
  • Propose Islamic legislations relative to Islamic affairs and Awqaf.
  • Approve the GAIAE organisational chart pending the issuance of a UAE Cabinet decree related thereto.
  • Approve the GAIAE administrative and financial bylaws and its employment regulations pending the issuance of a UAE Cabinet decree related thereto.
  • Contract with counselors, experts, and technicians to fulfill GAIAE needs provided such appointments are within the GAIAE budget.
  • Approve the GAIAE annual ledger (incomes and expenditures).
  • Agree on the proposed annual budget and end of the year ledger account.
  • Appoint GAIAE senior employees, as recommended by the Chairman, and in accordance with the GAIAE employment regulations.
  • Appoint auditors and determine their fees.
  • Approve reports on the performance of the GAIAE departments.
  • Form GAIAE permanent committees, define their duties and financial rewards as suggested by the GAIAE Chairman.
  • Approve the bills submitted by Awqaf supervisors provided they are in conformity with the GAIAE regulations.
  • Propose the fees for work permits and other GAIAE services. The relevant decree is to be issued by the UAE Cabinet.
  • Discuss any other GAIAE issues set forth by the Chairman.


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Last Updated: 26 February 2018